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Hipólito Mora, vigilante crusader against Mexico’s drug cartels, killed in ambush | Mexico

One of the founders of Mexico’s “self-defense” movement, the lime farmer turned vigilante crusader Hipólito Mora, has reportedly been murdered in an ambush – the latest macabre chapter in the country’s unabating crime conflict. Guillermo Valencia, a politician from the violence-stricken state of Michoacán, where Mora helped launch a rural revolt against narco-traffickers 10 years ago, announced the news on Twitter. “It’s just been confirmed to me that they have murdered my friend #HipolitoMora, they torched his bulletproof truck and killed all his bodyguards,” Valencia tweeted. Video footage posted on social media showed the burning wreckage of what was identified as Mora’s vehicle in La Ruana, the rural community where he lived. Mexico’s self-defense movement was born in 2013 as charismatic leaders including Mora and the doctor turned paramilitary leader José Manuel Mireles Valverde urged civilians to take up arms against the brutal narco cartels seizing control of huge swaths of the country. Initially many Mexicans hailed such groups as noble saviours, although over the following years some were accused of human rights abuses or …